After many weeks of being elusive to the public, Zsa Zsa Padilla finally broke her silence as she delivered a moving eulogy for her longtime partner, Comedy King Dolphy, during ABS-CBN’s special tribute held at the Dolphy Theater, Wednesday, July 11. The singer-actress shared that she tried her best to be brave amidst Dolphy’s failing condition in the past few weeks. “Lovey (Dolphy) helped me to be strong. Ayaw niya akong nakikitang umiyak. Sabi ko nga sa mga director ko sa teleserye, dito ko lang ginagawa ito. Sa totoong buhay, nasa ambulansya kami catatonic yung mukha ko. Ayaw na ayaw niyang makikita akong umiyak. Hindi niya talaga kaya.”
Even when he was unconscious at the hospital, she would always check if he’s still responsive by persistently talking to him using their term of endearment. “Wala akong ginawa kundi kulitin siya. ‘Lovey! Lovey!’ ‘Pag ganyan ‘yan natutuwa siya, kinikilig yun e. Katulad ng sinasabi ni Maam Charo (Santos-Concio) mahiyain si Dolphy pero deep down kinikilig yun. Madalas sa ospital, ‘pag sinabi ko lovey ko! Gumaganon siya. That's our gauge for understanding kung talagang conscious siya. Kung hindi na ako pinapansin. ‘Lovey ko?’ ‘Pag ganon medyo ninenerbiyos na kami ng konti... I miss you Lovey.”
Zsa Zsa also shared how Dolphy’s illness united their family and strengthened their bond as they all gathered together in the hospital for the past month. “To his children, I know he loves each of them totally. And in his dying days we would all crowd in the ICU, I would tell him that he's so lucky. ‘Lovey, ang swerte swerte mo talaga dahil ang dami daming nagmamahal sayo’. Hindi lang mga anak mo ang nandidito, mga kapatid mo, mga apo mo, mga pamangkin mo...Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. To all his kids who came home from all over the world, Dolphy went to heaven with joy in his heart because you’re all with him in his last days on earth.”
She also thanked Eric Quizon for keeping things together particularly since he acted as the spokesperson of the family. “To Eric maraming salamat for being the voice of calm and reason, for being so organized. You make your dad so proud. To Vandolph, Nicole, Zia, napakaswerte niyo kasi nabuhusan kayo ng pagmamahal sa mahabang panahon. Kayo ang nabigyan ng sinisikap ng bawat magulang na ibigay—yung quality time. To Kaye (Karylle), thank you very much for your acceptance and forgiveness.”
Zsa Zsa further described her relationship with Dolphy and their big family, “Ours is not a conventional family pero sa kanya ko natutunan kung paano mahalin at magmahal. Posible naman pala na kahit ang mga anak ni Dolphy galing sa iba't ibang nanay, pwede naman palang magkaisa. Hindi naging madali pero he was worth it. To Dolphy, thank you very much for being so proud of me, for giving my two girls, for being so thoughtful and for doing your best to provide for us.”
She also thanked ABS-CBN for putting up a beautiful tribute to the Comedy King. “Napakarami po ng pinagkakautangan namin ng pasasalamat. Maraming salamat ABS-CBN for taking care of Dolphy's legacy, for preserving his body of work for generations of Filipinos to enjoy perpetuity. I know this will make Dolphy happy. Dahil mula pa sa panahon ni Kapitan Geny Lopez, si Dolphy—sa buhay, sa kamatayan, sa langit—ay isang tunay na Kapamilya.”
She then sang a few lines from their favorite song Through The Years, “Kagaya ng huli mong binulong sa akin bago ka mamaalam, Lovey ko, I love you," she finally stated.
Relieve the music of Dolphy and Zsa Zsa Padilla :
Handog Ni Pidol (A Lifetime of Music and Laughter) - Doplhy
The Best of Dolphy and Panchito - Dolphy & Panchito
Unchanging Love - Zsa Zsa Padilla
Zsa Zsa on Dolphy: 'Sa kanya ko natutunan kung paano mahalin at magmahal'
Zsa Zsa Padilla gives a touching tribute to her longtime partner Dolphy; talks about their love for each other for the past 23 years up to his dying days.